Friday, January 28, 2011

al-Jazeera (Arabic) reporting police have detained M. al-Baradei in Giza

Detained along with Baradei was Osama al-Ghazali Harb, head of the Democratic Front Party.  Harb was a regime insider, a member of the Shura Council (upper house of parliament), a member of the NDP Policy Committee and therefore a player in the intellectual circle around Mubarak.  He split with the regime in March 2006 and founded the new party, which has succeeded in attracting a variety of secularly-oriented figures, including some that had participated in the Kifaya Movement and the Hizb al-Ghad.  Harb has opposed the Gamal Mubarak succession.

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